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James Corden to voice Peter Rabbit in new movie

James Corden is to bring the much-loved character of Peter Rabbit to life in an animated big screen adaptation of the classic children's tale.

The British comedy star and host of The Late Late Show in America will voice the main character, Sony's Columbia Pictures studios confirmed on Monday.

Bridesmaids star Rose Byrne will voice a character named Bea, while Star Wars actress Daisy Ridley and The Night Manager's Elizabeth Debicki are also set to be part of the voice cast.

The film will be a live-action CGI production directed by Will Gluck, telling the tale of the rebellious rabbit and the trouble he encounters in a farmer's vegetable garden.

The story was an instant success after being picked up in 1902 by British children's publisher Frederick Warne & Co.

Announcement of the film, due for release in April 2018, coincides with the 150th anniversary of the birth of author and illustrator Beatrix Potter.

Production is due to start in January.

'The Tale of Peter Rabbit' was first published in 1902 and was followed by 23 stories involving favourites including Jemima Puddle-Duck, Squirrel Nutkin and hedgehog Mrs Twiggy-Winkle.

Potter, who died in 1943, aged 77, wrote stories inspired by the English and Scottish countryside.

Earlier in September, a tale written by the author more than 100 years ago was published for the first time, with illustrations by Quentin Blake.

The Tale Of Kitty-In-Boots was discovered two years ago by publisher Jo Hanks, who spotted a reference to the manuscript in an out-of-print biography about the best-selling children's writer.

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